H&S NEWS | Engineering Company Fined after Apprentice Injury

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An engineering company has been fined after an apprentice was injured by a lathe. Health & Safety Executive investigators found the company had failed to carry out correct control measures and implement a safe system of work. Exposed Moving Parts The court heard “safeguarding” interlocks in a CNC lathe were overridden to allow operation while doors […]

Manufacturer fined after machinery incident

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A metal firm has been fined after a steelworker suffered a serious hand injury. The company admitted breaking Health & Safety law in failing to protect workers from the dangers of using machinery. The employee who was wearing protective gloves had been feeding narrow steel rods through moving rollers. His hand was dragged into the […]

Fine for inadequate guarding

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As an employer, you have to make sure your workplace is free from preventable hazards. Machinery often poses hazards that can’t be removed but can be minimised. Guards are one way of minimising the risks from machine hazards. But any negligence showing a lack of effort on your part to minimise the hazards is unacceptable. […]

Manufacturer fined for poor instruction

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A plastics manufacturer has been fined This occurred after an employee suffered burn injuries to his hand. The worker was told to routinely check the temperature of a moving rubber roller by putting his hand on it! On doing so his hand was pulled into a sanding machine. Unsurprisingly, an investigation by the Health & […]

Average Health & Safety fines double in year

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Enforcement figures from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) show the significant impact of February 2016’s sentencing guidelines. HSE statistics show total fines increased 80% in the year following the guidelines’ introduction from £38.8 million in 2015/16 to £69.9 million in 2016/17. In 2016/17, the first full year the new tougher sentencing guidelines for Health […]

Compensation for HSE employees

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You couldn’t make this stuff up. Two workers have been compensated to the tune of almost £17,000 after being injured in Health & Safety breaches. But wait for it… …the duo were injured while working for the Health & Safety Executive! One received £11,473 in compensation and costs after being hurt in a faulty lift at […]

Company fined despite no injury

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A company and its general manager have been fined after ignoring Health & Safety law despite the fact that no injury had been reported and no one suffered ill health. The court heard Cambridge Timbertec Ltd had failed to keep up the safety standards demanded by Health & Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors. The company was […]

HSE consults on FFI after judicial review dropped

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The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has announced it is to consult on proposals to make its Fee For Intervention (FFI) charging scheme “fully independent”. The move follows an application for judicial review of the scheme’s disputes process by OCS Group UK Ltd. The company had failed to overturn the Fee For Intervention bill from […]

Soaring HSE prosecutions of directors

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According to Health & Safety Executive data the number of directors and senior managers prosecuted for Health & Safety offences has more than trebled in a year. In the year to 31 March 2016, the HSE prosecuted 46 company directors and senior managers. This figure was up from 15 in the previous year. Interestingly, the […]

Helping Great Britain Work Well

Helping Great Britain Work Well

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a new overarching, five-year strategy called Helping Great Britain Work Well. The strategy aims to tackle workplace ill health whilst streamlining legislation and guidance, enabling businesses – especially SMEs – to take the right actions easily and efficiently. The HSE intends for this plan to focus on […]